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Violent “Northern” Elites & Free Mis-education

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, PhD

“The beleaguered Deputy Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, Hajia Hawawu Boya

Gariba, has dragged the Minister of Communications Haruna Iddrisu and Presidential

Spokesperson John Jinapor into the shameful fracas that occurred in Tamale last

Sunday, prior to President John Mahama’s visit to the area. Hajia Boya, now

nicknamed “De La Hoya” … attacked 54-year-old Rahinatu Zakaria alias Mma Kande, a

banku seller in Tamale, on Sunday afternoon. The victim is currently on admission at

the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital in Tamale, nursing various degrees of

injury, following the severe beatings she allegedly received from the minister and

her goons” (Ghanaweb, August 28, 2012).

Free education for “Northerners”

Is free mis-education in violence

Konkomba-Nanumba war

The educated elites caused it

The beheading of Ya Na

The educated elites caused it

Thousand warring seasons

The educated elites cause them

Massa: Boy we meet again

Boy: Oga, how the go dey go

Massa: You hear the new fight

Boy: Where? Ah in the North

Massa: Where else you for think

Boy: Another Konkomba & Ya Na

Massa: This one be Madam Minister

Boy: They put am for witch hut

Massa: No be so she dey fight patapata

Boy: Wetin koraa dey for the North

Massa: Hmm! Northerners go tell us

The People of the North

In the savannah heat

Dust on their heads

Drought on their minds

They fight all the time

Fight in the morning

Fight in the afternoon

Fight in the night

In the day

During the week

In the month

During the year

They have normalized violence

They have acculturated fighting

Bloodshed is like pito in calabash

Bludgeoned limbs is like tuo safi

The People of the North

Turn stereotypes into science

Stereotypes about them

Into incontrovertible science

Of mutual violence

Of fratricidal combats

Of divorcing amicability

Of ethnic incompatibility

Of posing with arrows

Like flowers of the savanna

Of poising wooden spears

As their incandescent sun

Dancing to the beat of violence

Sweating in the heat of violence

The People of the North

Ah! Have come a long way

Unique free education

Unique social formation

Unique social mobility

They have great men

They have great women

Ah! Free free Education

Education never freed them

From communalized violence

Oh! Free free education

From the sweat of farmers

The sweat of cocoa farmers

Cocoa in the South

Gold in the South

Diamond in the South

Timber in the South

Oil in the South

Their elites misuse it all

Misuse free education

Their elites study violence

Their elites theorize violence

Their elites apply violence

Violence is their lifeblood

Of social mobility

Of political affiliation

Of marginalizing the masses

Ah! Konkonmba-Nanumba war

Ah! The slaughtering of Ya Na

Ah! Murder of Ya Na’s forty men

Ah! The thousand warring years

People of the North

With free education

Fight for NDC, NPP

Fight to impoverish the North

Fight to migrate to the South

They fight over tuo safi

The fight over pito

They fight of over fowls

They fight over bows

They fight over widows

They fight over latrines

They fight over cow skins

Everyday fight fight

With bows & arrows

Swords, cutlasses

Ayariga/Bagbin tractors

Massa: Boy we meet again

Boy: How the go dey go

Massa: You hear the new fight

Boy: Where? Ah in the North

Massa: Where else you for think

Boy: Another Konkomba & Ya Na

Massa: This one be Madam Minister

Boy: They put am for witch hut

Massa: No be so she dey fight patapata

Boy: Wetin koraa dey for the North

Massa: Hmm! Northerners go tell us

*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania

with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In

her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com My poems and essays on Ghanaweb

and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in part for any academic or

scholarly work without my written permission. Top of Form

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.